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Bowl barrow 450m south-east of Capesthorne Hall

A Scheduled Monument in Siddington, Cheshire East

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Latitude: 53.2499 / 53°14'59"N

Longitude: -2.2336 / 2°14'0"W

OS Eastings: 384512.086964

OS Northings: 372570.248131

OS Grid: SJ845725

Mapcode National: GBR DZVV.7Q

Mapcode Global: WHBBM.NKLX

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 450m south-east of Capesthorne Hall

Scheduled Date: 5 October 1959

Last Amended: 15 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007398

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22575

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Siddington

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Siddington and Capesthorne Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Chester


The monument is a bowl barrow located on a local high point in woodland 450m
south-east of Capesthorne Hall. It includes an earthen mound measuring 20m in
diameter and up to 2m high.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments
dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most
examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as
earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple
burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often
acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar,
although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form
and a diversity of burial practices. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are
a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable
variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of

Despite some minor disturbance to the monument by a combination of rabbit
holes and tree roots, the bowl barrow 450m south-east of Capesthorne Hall
survives well. It is a rare survival in Cheshire of an unexcavated example of
this class of monument and will retain undisturbed archaeological deposits
within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Sainter, J D, Scientific Rambles Around Macclesfield, (1878), 156
Thacker, A, The Victoria History of the County of Cheshire, (1987), 85
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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